Tuesday, June 4, 2013

This quilt

This quilt hangs in our church. It is huge, bigger than it looks to you here perhaps without anything for scale. It's striking and beautiful. It was made a while back, before we made this church our home. The organizers asked everyone in the congregation to bring in some green fabric. Green. Huh.

Does ALL of that fabric look green to you? Yeah, me neither. Most of it is green in one shade or another, but I certainly see some blue in there, and a little brown, and even a little red. Strange, huh? But you know what? To the folks who brought in that fabric, their contributions were green. To them.

That's the beauty of my church. They don't turn anyone away. Even if that someone sees blue the way most people see green.

We just became what is called a Reconciliation Church, meaning we accept everyone. Everyone. Specifically, everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone.

Because you know what? We're not all the same. We're not all straight and we don't all see green as the same hue. And that's okay. Actually it's good. No, it's great. Our differences add immeasurably to the diversity of our lives, our communities, and our world. Just like the "blues," "browns," and "reds" add beautiful touches to this quilt. This beautiful quilt that is more than just a quilt. This beautiful quilt that physically represents the attitude of our community. So so beautiful.

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